God forbid, but if you are locked out of your own home, then do not try to be a hero and do things on your own. It is outrageously funny when they show such capers of an actor in movies. The aim of those scenes is to make the audience laugh. But in real life, it is a matter of serious concern.
You might have lost your key but some miscreant may take advantage of it by using the same key to gain entry into your home.There are other risks of getting locked out. If you were supposed to go for that all-important exam and your identity card is inside or you were supposed to travel and all the travel documents are inside? And the most dangerous scenario is when you are outside and your toddler is alone inside and the door gets locked and you do not have a key.
Should you drill the locks yourself if you are in a hurry?
Even in any of the above-mentioned situations, the answer is ‘NO’. You should not try to drill a hole in the lock or try to break it. These attempts will damage the lock further and you will have to spend more time and money to get that repaired. In this process, someone also might get hurt. It is important to keep your wits about and not indulge in heroic acts like breaking the lock or window or climbing through some opening on the roof. The only thing to do is to search online for ‘lockout service near me’. You will get the details of all the available services near you and you can contact them.
Will the lock be damaged in the process?
Today’s locks are sturdy and technologically better designed and therefore, are expensive. Unless you damage it by drilling holes or trying to break it, they are pretty tough and do not get damaged. The technicians are well trained to take all precautions and use the appropriate tools to open it in a way that it remains functional. But in a rare case where even the professional locksmith is not able to open it and the lock is damaged, then they are competent enough to change the lock.
How much time will it take solve my problem of home lockout?
A well-trained technician may take less than 30 minutes to solve the problem by opening the lock. Once they reach you, they will assess the situation, examine the lock mechanism and decide the best possible tool to be used. Sometimes the lock may open in a few minutes due to its simple mechanism. On the other hand, some locks have complex designs and multi-level, grooves and these take time to be opened.
Once the lock is opened, ensure that the lock is not damaged in anyway as you cannot leave your hose with a damaged lock and so replace it if needed. Otherwise, take some extra sets of keys and keep them in a safe place, not inside the house, but in a place where you can reach the keys in an emergency.
The lockout service that you contact will have well-trained technicians but they are not magicians. Do be patient and considerate and allow them to work properly. Ensure that they come from a trusted company and are registered. This way you can be assured of their service quality.